The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) today announced the creation of a new $100,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Glasgow. This new tournament will provide high-level competition in the heart of the city ahead of the much anticipated grass court season, headlined by The Queen’s Club Championships, Eastbourne International and Wimbledon.
The event is one of two new ATP Challengers to be added to the calendar and will be hosted in Glasgow from April 28-May 6 at the Scotstoun Tennis Centre. The tournament will be staged indoors on hard courts, featuring a 32 singles main draw and 32 qualifying draws with 16 doubles teams and will also provide invaluable ATP ranking points and quality playing opportunities for other British players.
LTA Head of Men’s Tennis and Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith said: “It’s great news that we’re creating more playing opportunities for British players in the UK. These Challenger events are invaluable in providing high quality match experience as well as the opportunity to build up important ATP ranking points. Hopefully we can see some high-level performances from our Brits at these events.”
Scotland Chief Executive Blane Dodds commented: “I am delighted that Scotland and specifically Glasgow Scotstoun will host a Challenger event that offers the largest prize pot ever available in the country. In conjunction with the LTA, Tennis Scotland has been attempting to bring an event of this magnitude to Scotland for some time and this will be a fantastic opportunity for some of our promising youngsters to test themselves against some of the game’s top talents.
This event will also allow the Scottish public to witness professional tennis of the highest quality on their doorstep, and that can only inspire our young people to take up our fantastic sport at a time when we have seen Scottish players winning at the very top of the game.”
Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the world’s top five sports cities, which is reflected in our outstanding portfolio of sporting events and venues. We’re also a city of hugely supportive tennis fans as our sold-out hosting of previous major tennis events has shown, so we’re very excited to be working with the LTA and Tennis Scotland to deliver this new ATP Challenger Tour event at Scotstoun, which will provide a fitting backdrop to the quality of competition on court.”
For more information about the 2018 Trophy Series go to www.lta.org.uk/major-events/